Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes with Coconut Syrup

I can't even begin to tell you how much I love these pancakes. They are so fluffy and perfect that I can eat several platefuls in one setting. I normally eat them for breakfast, snacks, lunch, and sometimes even dinner if there are any left. I'm serious. They are that good. I think my favorite part is the homemade coconut syrup though. I'm not even a huge coconut fan, but this syrup is divine. Just try it. You won't regret it.

Buttermilk Pancakes

Sift together:
1 3/4 c. flour
4 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. baking powder

Add and mix well:  
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 c. buttermilk ( you can add more if it seems too thick)
3 eggs yolks--set whites aside

Beat egg whites until stiff, then very gently fold into batter. (Do NOT overstir! You want to still be able to see the egg white foam in the batter. I normally only stir a few times to distribute the egg whites.)

Cook on hot griddle and enjoy! 

Coconut Syrup

1 c. sugar
1 stick butter
1 c. buttermilk

1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. coconut extract 

Heat first 3 ingredients on stove top JUST until boiling.  The minute it starts boiling, stir in last two ingredients and remove immediately from heat. ( It will bubble up and expand.)  Yum.  

'Witches Ball'

My daughter is an October baby and this is the first birthday that we actually did a Halloween theme.  It was a lot of fun!  Party favors are one of the first things I think of when prepping for a party.  So, for this 'Bewitching Birthday Brunch Ball'  I decided to spray paint ball jars purple and black and have them make witches stew to take home.  I printed off some fun labels and we pretended that the different candy was all sorts of crazy witch stuff!! 

Absolutely love doing birthday brunches!

Paper Pumkin - Halloween Bags and Giveaway

I have posted about Paper Pumpkin before and about how much I absolutely LOVE getting the box in the mail each month. They are so much fun, adorable, and so easy that anyone could put them together and feel super creative.

This October box is no different, and the adorable bags you get to make are unbelievably cute.

These cute little bags would be perfect for visiting teaching treats, teacher gifts, neighbor gifts, or special friends and family. I wish it came with 50 so I could hand one out to everyone!

Because I love Paper Pumpkin so much, and because they are pretty awesome, they are giving one lucky reader their very own October kit! Hurry up and enter below!

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"Meet These Mormons"

We belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints otherwise known as "The Mormons". We are proud of this part of who we are! We are excited to team up with over 65+ of us strong... to extend an invitation to see a film. A film entitled "Meet The Mormons". This film is not meant to be an "in your face" - you must join our church film. It is simply designed and produced to uplift and inspire you through six stories of those of our faith who have followed promptings to follow Christ more fully in their lives. We hope you take the opportunity to enjoy this film. We hope your hearts are made light as you feel the goodness that comes from following our Christ and Savior. All proceeds from the film will be donated to The American Red Cross. So not only will you be uplifted and inspired, your money will be going to an amazing charity!!

We also would like to take a moment and share our personal testimonies, stories of our own personal conversions, and our own stories of how following our Savior, Jesus Christ has changed our lives. The light of the gospel of Jesus Christ offers a joy and hope that only following him can provide. We hope as you click through and read our stories and testimonies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you will feel uplifted and encouraged. We are by you! We love connecting with our readers, that is why many of us do what we do! Please be kind and considerate in your comments. It takes great bravery for us to open our hearts and our mouths to share with you such a tender and personal part of who we are. We share because we feel strongly the need to share the peace and the hope that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I'm A Mormon #1
Anita | Live Like You Are Rich, Landee | Landee Lu , Tara & Devin | Salt & Pepper Moms , Mallory & Savannah | Classy Clutter Kelli & Kristi| Lolly Jane
McKenzie | Girl Loves Glam , Pam & Lisa | Over The Big Moon , Melanie | Forty Eighteen , Sky | Capital B Adell | Baked in Arizona
I'm a Mormon #2
Andie | Maybe I Will , Shatzi | Love and Laundry , Robyn | Create it Go , Rachel | R & R Workshop
Tiffany | Feel Great In 8 , Katelyn | What Up Fagens? , Brittany | BrittanyBullen , Ginger | Ginger Snap Crafts , Stephanie | Crafting In The Rain
Chelsey | Cee Me Be , Amber | Crazy Little Projects , Kallie | Smitten By, Elyse, Kristen, Lauren, Steph, Kendra & Camille | Six Sisters Stuff Annette | Tips From A Typical Mom
Kierste | Simply Kierste , Tayler | The Morrell Tale, Jennifer | My Daylights , Cambria | Live To Be Inspired, Danielle | Today's The Best Day
I'm a Mormon #3
Nat & Holly | My Sister's Suitcase, Britni| Play.Party.Pin , Montserrat | Cranial Hiccups , Heidi | A Lively Hope , Ashley & Meegan | Flats to Flip Flops

Natalie - I am a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, and I am a MORMON. I am also a survivor of infidelity, betrayal, and heartache - something that I would not be able to overcome without the Gospel of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I have always had a testimony of the Gospel from the time I was little. I grew up as a member of the Church and I have never doubted, but the last few months have taken my testimony to a whole new level. I am a MORMON.

When your life seems to hit rock bottom you have two choices - lose yourself or overcome. I had no choice but to overcome. Being pregnant with twins and having 3 little kids at home makes that choice for you. But it was more than that - even in the darkest of moments, I had hope. One simple word, but that's all it took. Hope. I had hope in my Savior, I had hope in the Atonement, I had hope in the peace the Gospel brings, and I had hope that the covenants that I made in the temple would carry me through. Carry me through they have.

I know without a doubt that my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live. Not only do They live, but They love us, They know us, and They will never leave us - especially when we need them the very most. In those moments when we need Them the very most, They are there and we realize They have been there the whole time. Are we looking for Them? Do we seek Them? I pray for the comfort of Their presence on a daily basis now. It's the only way I make it through.

As a mom, I have always felt like I was barely keeping my head above water. There is always so much to do and I always felt like I could be better. There was never enough time, I was not teaching them enough, I was not playing with them enough.... all you moms out there know the drill. Now, I suddenly find myself trying to balance the role of a provider AND a mother - and I feel like I last the last footing I had and I am drowning. I am constantly thinking, "How am I going to do this? I wasn't enough when I was only trying to do one role, now I have to do both! My kids need more than I can give them. I'm sinking over here!" Then, one of my dear sweet friends sent me this picture and I realized exactly how I was going to do this.

I wasn't going to do it alone. Only through Christ was I going to be able to do this. He would not only lift me and carry me, but He would fill in the gaps. He would make me more than I am and help me be the mother He needs me to be. As Jeffrey R. Holland said, "Yours is the work of salvation, and therefore you will be magnified, compensated, made more than you are and better than you have ever been as you try to make honest effort, however feeble you may sometimes feel that to be." His Atonement makes everything possible, including the ability to make us instruments in His hands.

I know the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I know that we have a living prophet, President Thomas S. Monson on the Earth today to lead and guide us. I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, and study of it - along side the Bible- will give us guidance and direction in our lives. I know that families can be together forever and I know that we can make sacred covenants in His holy temples that will make that possible.

I am a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a survivor, and I am a MORMON.

 Rebekah - I have a testimony of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Having a testimony of Jesus Christ can be an anchor for us in these latter days.  When we think of an anchor we probably visualize a tradtional fisherman's anchor, which is the most familiar.  There are however many types of anchors and reasons or circumstances in which to use them.  More importantly anchors fall into two primary classes- temporary and permanent.  While temporary anchors have their place on a ship, a temporary testimony of Jesus Christ will not suffice us in these latter days.

Our testimony of Jesus Christ needs to be a permanent anchor-what is referred to as a mooring.  A testimony permanently anchored in Christ means that it is not meant to be moved but is in fact permanently sited- no matter what storms come into our lives, no matter the cyclone winds that rock us, or the surges in lives waves pulling us this way and that.  We will always be protected and secure if our testimony is anchored in Jesus Christ.  We still are required to 'weather out' the storm, but we have assurance that He is always with us and we are in His constant care.

I am a mother of five crazy children, I am a wife to a wonderful husband and father, I have many blessings and have gone through many trials and above all I feel my fisherman's anchor has become a small mooring with more room to build and grow.  I AM A MORMON.

If you are wanting to know more and would like a FREE copy of The Book of Mormon, which is another Testimony of Jesus Christ and his ministry – please email us! {ahouseofsprinkles@gmail.com}

Are you also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and would like to share your Mormon.org profile as an added testimony! Feel free to link up your profile!!

Spooktacular Halloween Gift Idea

Remember back in the day when we use to take tissues and wrap them around lollipops to make cute ghosts!  Take that idea a step further by making a cute ghost tree for a gift.  Maybe you need something fun for a Halloween party, a teacher, neighbor, or a fun craft for the kiddos. 

Purchase some small terracotta pots and spray paint them whatever color you would like, I chose a simple black, but they would also be cute painted as candy corn or other Halloween colors.  Next find some branches and paint them also (place some foam in the pots to help the sticks stay put).  Then, instead of using tissue pick out some fun different fabrics to adorn the ghosts, tie ribbon around their necks, add googley eyes, and positioned them on the tree using hot glue or ribbon! 
I added a cute card and used these trees for a visiting teaching gift.
Fun to make and the possibilities are endless!

Parmesan Bites

Rolls are so delicious and this recipe from 'Our Best Bites' is no exception.
However, if you have a bunch of crazy kids like me then you might also want to consider quartering the rolls and making 'BITES'!!

Quick & Easy Garlic-Parmesan Rolls (or 'BITES')
Recipe by Our Best Bites
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
4-5 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (fresh or canned)
20 rise and bake frozen rolls (like Rhodes)
Place the butter, garlic, and Italian seasoning in a microwave-safe dish and heat until melted. Whisk in the Parmesan cheese.
Place the frozen dough balls in a large bowl. Drizzle the butter/cheese mixture over the dough and then toss quickly to evenly coat the dough in the butter and cheese. Place the dough in a 9×13″ pan and allow to rise until doubled (follow the package directions). Bake according to package directions until the rolls are evenly golden on top and serve as soon as you can pull them apart without hurting yourself. Makes 20 rolls.

Bites Option:
Remove frozen dough balls and put them on sprayed cookie sheet and cover with sprayed wrap.
When dough thaws just enough to cut, quarter the dough ball.
Then, coat with the mixture and place back on cookie sheet and finish as per previous directions.

Rhodes rolls on sprayed pan with sprayed wrap.  Only thaw enough to cut!

Quarter dough, then add seasoned butter.

Place bites back on greased sheet.

Let rise and then cook following regular instructions.

Delicious Parmesan Bites ready to serve, I made a quick marinara sauce for dipping!

 These were a delicious side to homemade pizza and 
green salad!  Hope you enjoy!

Nickel & Suede Giveaway

Have you ever heard of Nickel & Suede? If you haven't, you should head over to their site and check out their amazing products.  I am IN LOVE with the leather earrings they sell. They are seriously my favorite earrings that I own. I got a pair of Orchid earrings at the beginning of the summer and I've worn them a ton. They are so light that I don't even remember that I have them in. I've slept in them, worked out in them, cleaned in them - and I get compliments every single time I wear them. I like the medium size - which is the size we are giving away today.

Kilee is amazing and she agreed to do a giveaway on our blog! She sent me the earrings several months ago, but since we took a break from blogging they have been waiting patiently. I am so excited to finally give them away to a lucky reader! The Orchid was actually from the summer line so you can't get it right now, which makes this giveaway even better! I love the color and I wear it year round. If you want to complete the outfit with the most comfortable graphic tee you will ever own, you should pick up one of their vintage tees while you are at it. It's a great tee.

Make sure you check out their fall line of colors, including this metallic gold pair that I've had my eye on for a while now....

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General Conference Notes

General Conference is just a few short days away! Wahoo! I can't wait. I love to be uplifted and hear the inspired messages.

I thought I would share a few of my favorite General Conference note pages with you. These are some that I've used in the past and have loved. If you want some fun note taking pages, check these out. There is also a great website with lots of general conference resources, especially for those of us with kiddos running around.


I hope you all have a great conference weekend!

Caramel Apple Popcorn

I love fall! It's my favorite time of year. I just wished it lasted longer. In Idaho, we only get a few weeks and then the snow comes. I try and enjoy it as much as possible while it's here. Caramel apples are one of my favorite treats and today I decided to combine two of my favorite things - caramel apples and popcorn. The results were fantastic. You have to try it.

I took a recipe for candy popcorn from The Prepared Pantry that I love and tweaked it just a little bit. Its an easy recipe to follow and it makes quite a bit. Perfect for a party!

Caramel Apple Popcorn

1/2 cups uncooked popcorn
1/4 cup of butter
1/4 cup white corn syrup
1/8 cup of water
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons Apple flavor
green food coloring (I used this one)
1 package Kraft Caramel Bits
2 teaspoons water
  • First pop the popcorn and put it in two seperate bowls. Its easier to mix up when its in two bowls.
  • In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. I used medium heat.
  • Add corn syrup and water.
  • Add the cup of sugar and bring to a boil. You want to make sure that there isn't any sugar sticking to the side of the pan, because even one grain of undissolved sugar can cause the candy to crystallize. If I notice sugar sticking to the side of the pan, I use a pastry brush and some water and brush the side of the pan until the sugar is gone.
  • Bring the candy mixture to 235-245 degrees. Make sure you use a candy thermometer!
  • Add the baking soda until the candy becomes foamy and bubbly. Remove from heat.
  • Add flavor and coloring. 
  • Pour over popcorn and stir until evenly coated.
  • Spread popcorn out on wax paper and allow candy to cool on the popcorn.
  • While popcorn cools, melt Caramel Bits and water in a medium saucepan.
  • Pour caramel over popcorn.
  • Enjoy!

Hey there and The Neon Vibe!

Hey there!! Did you miss us?! I know, I'm sure you did. Here's the deal. Sometimes, things happen in life and family has to come first. So, that's what happened. Life. To be honest, it sucks sometimes. But - we are still alive, we are making a comeback, and we have some awesome stuff in store.

To start, I have to give you an update! The Color in Motion 5K happened and it was a blast. No, I didn't run most of it, but I did have lots of fun. So much, in fact, that I'm really excited to share the next 5K with you...

It's a pretty awesome run that is going to take place in Idaho Falls on August 16th. It's going to be a blast. Seriously. Lots of color - lots of fun. The awesome thing is, we are going to give away a ticket right here on the blog. Yep. Why not? Should we start the giveaway today? Ok!

Sign up for the giveaway below and tell all of your friends. If you don't want to wait for the giveaway to end, just go sign up and use the code NEONID for $7 off! That's a really sweet deal. 

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DIY Toddler Headboard with Foamology

My daughter, Brooklyn, is terribly girly. She loves all things pink and anything to do with Princesses and Minnie Mouse. She has been sleeping in her toddler bed for a few months now and I thought it would be fun to dress it up for her. I thought a new headboard would be perfect, and I'm thrilled with the way this project turned out.

This project was incredibly easy because I used a brand new product called Foamology! I used the Pokeadot Foam and it really helped make this project simple and perfect for a headboard.

I started with the foam, some beads, and some pink silky fabric. I wanted it to look like a Princess bed and I thought the shimmery fabric would be perfect. I measured the headboard and realized that I would need a little bit more foam. I simply got another piece of foam and cut the length I needed. It was really easy to cut using scissors. I was actually surprised at how simple it was.

A little hot glue was all it took to stick it to the main piece of foam. 

I laid the fabric over the foam and centered it.

This next part was so much easier than I thought it would be. All I did was poke the fabric through the pre-cut holes in the foam. I made sure to poke it all the way through the back of the foam until I could see the fabric coming out the back.

Once all of the fabric was poked through the holes, I took the paper off the back and wrapped the fabric like a present. You can watch how easy it is to do here.

I wanted to put some cute beads in each of the holes to dress it up a little. Although the beads would have stayed by just pushing them in, I knew Brooklyn would be tempted to play with them. I decided to sew them to the fabric. It only took a few minutes and the bead were secured so I knew she wouldn't be able to pull them out while she laid in bed at night. 

Now my headboard was done! Yay! 

To put it on the bed, I just removed the paper backing and stuck it to the frame. Simple as that! 

I love it and so does Brooklyn. The Foamology foam was so easy to use and this video was easy to follow.

You can follow Foamology on Facebook or Fairfield World on Pinterest to see lots of great ideas. I have a whole list of things I would love to do with this foam, especially since it is so easy to work with. 

The best part is that you can save 25% off of foamology products by using the promo code 14FOAM25 when you checkout at www.foamology101.com. Now you can get started on your own project!

I would love to know what you would use this foam for! Tell me in the comments some of your great ideas!

(This post is a sponsored post and House of Sprinkles was compensated for testing this new product. The opinions and experiences with the product are our own.)